David Smith

Aug 182017
 

August almost done? Gosh – doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?! Yes, it does, but with our last meetup before we slip into September only days away the Tunbridge Wells Writers are already starting to think about the nights drawing in and the lovely autumn / winter projects that lie ahead…

FRIGHT NIGHT – our annual celebration of Halloween – looks set to be an extra extra special one this year, given that our regular Tuesday meetup falls on the very night itself. Not only that, but a quick shufti at the back catalogue informs us that this will be our FIFTH YEAR of communing with the ghosties and ghoulies, so we’ll be pulling out all the stops on this one. I haven’t got round to creating a dedicated page for this year’s Fright Night yet (darn it, I been awfu’ busy for the past few weeks and time just seems to have gotten away from me…), but in a nutshell we’re talking about a wonderfully spooky evening of ghost and horror stories by candlelight to which we bid all a very vampy velcome. There’s cake too (magnificent marvelous mort cake, courtesy of Mistress of the Macabre, Katrina Ray), and pumpkins, and fancy dress, and cobwebs and… and… Well, let’s just say it’s an extremely entertaining evening whether taking the plunge and reading or just coming along to listen. More details soon, with an e-book of last year’s stories uploaded to our Smashwords page just beforehand to whet your appetites.

Though horrifyingly early to be mentioning the dreaded “C” word the simple truth is that CHRISTMAS (in whatever guise you take or eschew it) will soon be upon us too. We took a wee break last year from our usual twenty-four day advent offering, but truth be told we missed it. This year’s theme, proposed by Sue Marlow, is a prompt taken from the opening line of Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather:  Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree…  We invite all Tunbridge Wells Writers (and would be Tunbridge Wells Writers) to take inspiration from Mr Pratchett’s words and pen a tale or poem or play or monologue or whatever else takes their fancy for us to share with the world over the festive season.

So there you have it. We’ll be discussing these projects and much more besides from 8:00 on Tuesday evening. We’d love to have you join us: for full details of venue and ground rules (first rule of TWWs – there are no ground rules!) just click on the highlighted date in the event calendar on the right.

IN OTHER NEWS: If you happen to be in Tonbridge on Sunday afternoon several of the group’s poets will be doing their thing in the open air between four and five as part of the community event Invite a Tree to Tea – a ‘family picnic with Music, Arts & Crafts, Spoken Word, and Games’ taking place on the banks of the beautiful Med at River Lawn. It would be lovely to see you…

Aug 042017
 

As our last meeting was our Flash Fiction reading night our next meeting (Tuesday 8th) will be a nice, relaxed affair with nowt on the agenda but networking and social. Lovely! As the short story collection is now well into the editing phase Justin has suggested that those interested could have a chat about marketing strategies, so there will be a bit of that going on too!

For those who couldn’t make the Flash Fiction night Kat has produced a pdf file containing contributions, which is available for GROUP MEMBERS from our facebook page. We’ve restricted access to this particular collaboration because some members felt they might want to submit their stories elsewhere and didn’t want to fall foul of any copyright requirements, but for non-members who might be interested there is a wealth of FREE material available from Smashwords. Aren’t we generous?

IN OTHER NEWS: Mentioned briefly at the last meet but with only sketchy details available, a WORD UP poetry slam has been announced for Wednesday August 16th at Tunbridge Wells Forum. The headliner is three time world champion slam poet Buddy Wakefield, with support from some local poet you’ve probably never heard of…

Jul 212017
 

Well here we are just a weekend and a bit away from our next meetup, and in case you had forgotten it’s our FLASH FICTION reading night. Very straightforward, so don’t feel intimidated if you’re a TWW virgin thinking of coming along: Short Fiction, anywhere between 6 (yes SIX – blame Hemingway with his “For sale, wedding dress, never worn” classic) and 750 words, for reading aloud. It’s been suggested that, given time constraints, it might be better to keep the upper limit to 500 words, so if you’re going to start writing now work to that. No worries, though, if you’ve already got a slightly longer one in the bag based on our earlier post – I’m sure we can accommodate you.

IN OTHER NEWS: Read Your Words at Javabean last week was, as always, a wonderful and fun evening, but all the more special as a celebration of our lovely host Debbie’s FIFTH YEAR of trading. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks from all of us, and here’s to the next five!

Jul 102017
 

PLEASE NOTE: The Flash Fiction Reading Night proposed for tomorrow evening has been put on the back burner until our next meeting on July 25th. This is to accommodate several regular members who can’t make tomorrow, and to make sure we’re all fresh and up to speed for READ YOUR WORDS on Thursday night. Of course, we will still be meeting as usual and there will be lots of interesting stuff going on, so it’s still well worth the trip to St John’s Yard to join in. Hope to see you there, and/or at Javabean later in the week.

Jul 072017
 

Hello writers!

Double the fun this coming week with our regular meet at St John’s Yard on Tuesday, as well as that bi-monthly extra-curricular treat that is Read Your Words on Thursday. Not only that, but Tuesday is, if memory serves correctly, our Flash Fiction reading night. I’ve been asked, for the sake of timings, to slightly amend the rules for FF by implementing a 500 word limit rather than the 750 suggested by Wikipedia and quoted in a previous post. That said, I’m sure nobody will mind if that information has arrived too late for a few, just so long as nobody takes the pee.  As for Read Your Words at Javabean, the usual rules apply – anything you like up to 10 minutes but NO incomplete readings (i.e. excerpts from novels etc) and NO singing. Even me. *tsk*

If you’re not a TWW but like the sound of the above please feel free to join us from 8:00 on Tuesday. You’ll find us in the bar to begin with, and then in the Library Room from around 8:15 – 8:30. If in doubt ask the lovely ladies behind the bar. For further details of Read Your Words click on the links or Thursday’s date on the event calendar on the right…

Jun 252017
 

Another fortnight rolls by and it’s another meetup night this Tuesday (June 27th)…

A ‘gearing up’ meetup in readiness for both our own Flash Fiction reading night on Tuesday July 11th, and the wonderful fun that is Read Your Words on Thursday July 13th. If you haven’t got anything written for either then NOW is the time to get your brains and typing fingers in gear.

As far as the Flash Fiction night goes it’s just a matter of sticking to the word limit (anything up to 750) and putting your name forward, while Read Your Words has the usual ten minute time slots and anything-goes-but-music-or-songs qualifier. Wonderful fun to be had at both, whether reading or just listening, so come along on Tuesday and find out more. Potential new members more than welcome – just fetch up at St John’s Yard for around 8:00pm and look for the intellectual looking lot in the bar, or make straight to the Library Room from around 8:15 onward. Alternatively, you can message via the comment box /contact us widgets and let us know in advance, and we’ll keep a friendly eye out for you.

 

 

Jun 032017
 

Of course, what follows isn’t about Flash Gordon, the Queen single of 1980, or the movie for which it was written, but it is about Flash Fiction, so the cheesy song lyric pun seemed to fit the bill as a title for the post.

So what exactly is Flash Fiction? Well, according to Wikipedia it is fiction of extreme brevity, ranging from the six word “short short story” famously-but-not-necessarily-reliably attributed to Ernest Hemingway (for sale, baby shoes, never worn) through to 750 word works of “Sudden Fiction”, stopping off at all points along the way. I’m not sure how accurate that description is, but it’ll do as a framework for our own Flash Fiction reading night which we’ll be holding at a meetup soon.

We’re not entirely sure of the reading night date yet, but as far as a deadline for writing goes it would be nice to tie in with National Flash Fiction day on June 24th. It’s not a competition, so no prizes or accolades involved, but we would love new and potential members to feel free to pitch in. Just let us know – either through ‘comments’ here or through our Facebook page on, erm, Facebook – if you would like a reading spot in time for the NFF day deadline.

 

May 282017
 

Well, it’s been a busy week what with Read Your Words and various bits and bobs for Unfest, and we’re not quite done yet as Unfest still has two and-a-bit days to go before winding down with “Unofficial Tuesday’. I for one am totally knackered and suspect a few other Tunbridge Wells Writers may well be feeling the same way, so Tuesday’s meetup could be a slightly more subdued affair than usual to compensate. Still lots to talk about, though, as always, if you would care to join us. Usual place (St John’s Yard), and as per we’ll be starting in the bar at about 8:00 before moving to The Library Room a wee bit later.

Following the Haiku evening a few weeks ago it was suggested that we could have a ‘flash fiction’ reading night sometime soon. Sounds good to me, and we can have a show of hands on Tuesday.

May 122017
 

Well, another fortnight has whizzed by and once again the Tunbridge Wells Writers are gearing up for their usual Tuesday night meeting. What with the very successful Haiku evening last time round and Read Your Words and Unfest looming large, this week’s meet (16th May) will be a quieter affair, given to general chit-chat and catching up on all aspects of one another’s writing.

One piece of outstanding business from last time round: the annual charges for website hosting, and a reminder for those who do wish to contribute that we’ll be having a whip round. New members please note – you are in no way expected to chip in! The whip round is the easiest way to maintain the website etc without the need for formalities like committees and treasurers, and is an annual one-off.

A couple of final reminders: if you haven’t got your bit for Read Your Words finished get your finger out, and if you haven’t yet sent me (David) your Fright Night story from last year please do so, as we need to get the e-book formatted.

Apr 192017
 

Just a quickie to advise that by popular request the next meetup (May 2nd) will be a “Haiku Special” reading night. So thinking caps on, and get haikuing. Be as serious or frivolous with the form as takes your fancy – all styles served here from traditionally themed nature/season haiku through to playful senryu and tanka. Or whatever else takes your fancy, so long as it’s in the right ballpark. This should be a good, fun night for newbies to come along and introduce themselves. There may even be a haiku based game or two…

Oh – another quick reminder: If you read at last year’s Fright Night and want your story / poem in this year’s e-book SEND IT TO ME! These things don’t format themselves you know!

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